Battlefleet Gothic: Armada
Rebus Forever here with another One Minute-ish (very ish) review for a strategy game, with spaceships, set in the 40k universe.
As a bit of a goth who likes spaceships, strategy and Games Workshop, I felt ethically and morally compelled to review Battlefleet Gothic, my massive throbbing bias aside, here goes.
Do you like Gothic cathedrals but wish they were better at flying?
Has your love of spaceships been impeded by their lacking crenellations and stained glass windows?
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You know how if you’re on a ship for a few days, you can still feel the rocking of the ocean when you lie in your bed? Ironically, that’s how it feels to play Battlefleet Gothic: Armada. The controls are so fluid for naval combat that you can feel the ship rotations in your walk and the rumble of engines in your sleep. For that, the game gets a massive recommendation. 40k games often work like that. They have this wonderful quality where the scene setting is always perfect. The voices are on point, the UI is appropriately gothic, and the music makes you feel like you’re charging into the final battle of the 13th Black Crusade.
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2
Sadly I can’t recommend this game. Battlefleet Gothic is what got me in to Warhammer 40k back in the 1990s. I have nearly two hundred hours playing this too, but it now crashes with in a few minutes every time I play, no message just crashes. The Dev abandoned it right after launch, much Like Games Workshop abandoned the tabletop version too. DO NOT BUY, IT NO LONGER WORKS
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God, i wish they made ships just a little more unique. Instead of x amount of points for x amount of damage, have ships be either customizable or start off with different traits. What happened to all the uniqueness of BFGA 1? Seriously, ships could be tailored so well to your personal preference in that game. Why change that?
The skalgrim mod appears to fix these problems.
Aeronautica Imperialis: Flight Command
First off: It’s important for prospective purchasers to understand that this is a digital interpretation of a turn-based tabletop miniatures game - it’s not an arcade shooter like War Thunder or a flight sim like IL-2 Sturmovik. Instead, it’s a turn based tactical game with a flight theme using virtual dice to determine the outcome of shooting and other actions, and IMHO it’s very well implemented and a lot of fun to play.
Aeronautica has a “WEGO” format: both opponents plan maneuvers for all of their aircraft, commit their orders, and then all the aircraft automatically move and shoot at the same time. Shooting is resolved with dice rolls (and yes, you can see the actual dice results for each shot), and you have the ability to instruct your units to focus fire specific targets, and/or expend extra ammunition (which itself is a rule from the tabletop game). Virtually everything you can do in the tabletop game, you can do here in this game.
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Not bad, I felt it might be a bad decision to buy this after reading some reviews but I wanted to try it anyway (being Warhammer 40k videogames fan in general) and I am not disappointed.
There are 3 modes within the game (excluding Tutorial): Scenarios, Campaign and Skirmishes.
Skirmishes can be cool if you have a long Steam Friends list to invite them to play this (but I guess you have also to “sell” them the game first), you can customize your planes and equipment here - can be good but in practise this is used by minumum players for sure, I didn´t try it yet.
Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Dark Crusade
Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Dark Crusade Review
Claim in the name of the Emperor… Warhammer: 40,000: Dawn of War is back battle brothers, in an all new bloody war for the planet Kronus…
Some key points that this game offers:
New Races have been introduced.
New multiplayer maps.
Massive single player campaign.
Single player campaign can be played with seven different races.
Gameplay & Controls:
Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Dark Crusade is the sequel to Warhammer: 40,000: Dawn of War and its Expansion pack Warhammer: 40,000: Dawn of War: Winter Assault.
Alright, Dawn of War Dark Crusade, where to begin? This game is by far the best Dawn of War game to date, including Dawn of War 2 and its expansions. If you’re an RTS fan, there is little here not to like. (Also, you don’t need to own the original Dawn of War OR Winter Assault to enjoy this game)
The gameplay is simple and very fun, you start out with a base and a builder unit, you proceed to make buildings filling various roles such as research, unit creation, and defense. You proceed to make a base and units to defend yourself, and you eventually attack the enemy. You have two resources, power and requisition, power is used for vehicles, upgrades and research, requisition is used for everything. Requisition is easy to get, just capture points across the map and fortify them with listening posts. Power requires you to create power generators, but bases have a limited amount.
Space Hulk: Deathwing - Enhanced Edition
It’s a horde game with walking tanks against aliens.
If that premise doesn’t drag you in don’t bother.
You see genestealer tyranids, you kill genestealer tyranids, you move on.
You could enjoy the incredibly detailed sections of 40k imperial spaceships but you got nids to kill.
You could appreciate the somber tones of dark ambient music, the creaking space-hulk agonizing around you, but you hear steps and alien screams so you got nids to kill.
You play a walking tank with a fat gun in one hand, a melee weapon in the other , 3 gimmicks in the skill bar and lots of nids to kill. Unless you play an Assault Terminator or are a claw user, you forgo the gun for a fancy melee weapon, you still have lots of nids to kill.
“A solid love-hate relationship.”
The scenery is absolutely amazing- ‘Triple A’ quality. Very pretty, very detailed. Not sure if you will hear anyone complain about these.
The Xeno’s look and feel pretty damn threatening at first, but the feelings quickly subside for two reasons:
1. You dont ever actually get to see players/bots get brutalized by the Xenos. When they die, they quietly fall to a knee and teleport out. As petty as it sounds, this absolutely killed any sense of peril for me, as this essentially tells you nobody can actually die.
Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector
A nicely animated, turn-based tactics game between the Primaris-heavy Blood Angels and whichever Hive Fleet.
On the hardest difficulty setting it is reasonably challenging, particularly during the first half of the campaign…
Until you get to the final mission. I got wiped on my first run, which looked pretty bleak, only to discover that hitting the Defeat splash screen for the last mission got me the Steam achievement for completing the campaign.
So I won? You can win too. Wait for a sale unless you affirmatively want to support old school games with Warhammer 40K skins.
Best Warhammer 40,000 game released since the release of Dawn of War II. Highly recommended for turn based strategy fans or 40k fans (or both :)).